What do YOU consider Ozymandias? Hero? Villain? Anti-Villain?
In the identical story you bought Rorschach, who’s an anti-hero as a result of he does the heroic issues he does, however dangerous. Dr Manhattan additionally skirts the anti-hero trope, he’s so excellent, so clear minimize, that he does not perceive the wants of “inferiors” – foolish issues like, “please don’t expose me to radiation”.
The Comic is not actually a hero, he is a Harbinger, his sole goal is to foreshadow issues to return.
Ozymandias saves all of humanity, not simply these alive at his time, however their very existence. The homicide – or, when you desire, sacrifice – of 3M individuals is inevitable, obligatory. Whereas Rorschach has a selection in how you can go about his enterprise, Ozymandias does not.
I believed the movie (and e-book) had been pretty clear on this. That is the very purpose why Dr Manhattan destroys Rorschach, however doesn’t destroy Ozymandias – he understands that Ozymandias is true, and that he (DrM) didn’t perceive humanity. He’s prepared to simply accept the sacrifice to save lots of humanity, Rorschach is not prepared – or succesful – of even preserving his mouth shut to let humanity reside and prosper, as a result of he’s flawed, and Ozymandias will not be. Whereas Dr manhattan stands out as the excellent being, Ozymandias is the right human.